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Fishs Eddy is my favorite dinner dishes store in NYC. Located at 889 Broadway (at 19th), this  is exactly the kind of charmer you’d expect in this part of town. Plank flooring, wood-beamed ceiling and large display windows with  imperfect (actually even dirty) glass. From the sidewalk, it’s like peering into an old attic. Awesome.

The store’s slogan… we do dishes (how funny is that?), perfectly describes this haven for foodies and kitchen conoisseurs, especially those who love commercial kitchen-inspired eating rooms. In other words, if you’re looking for (1) bone china or (2) floral patterns, this probably isn’t the place for you.

 Fishs Eddy -interiorCluttered floor to ceiling with stuff (and more funny slogans to go with feature groups), you could spend some serious time- though not necessarily money – in this quaint shop. The prices seem reasonable and the wholesale atmosphere is deliberate.. some of their products are overruns or discontinued patterns from restaurant suppliers, allowing them to offer wholesale dinnerware  prices and looks to the public.

Their restaurant-supplier credentials explains the variety of heavy-duty dinner dishes, platters, bar glasssware and stainless steel flatware.  Also the kind of bright fiestaware dinnerware you’d find in Mexican restaurants. But they seem to have found a market for people who wanted the same look at home.

You’ll find entire Mother Daughter May 09 040displaFishs Eddy - interior 2 (2)ys of diner white dinnerware inspired by 50s diners.. but the looks are so simple that they’ll go with a lot more than diner furniture. Some dishes are theme inspired… from dinnerware inspired my the New York City Skyline to memo pads to my personal favorite… an architectural floor plFishs Eddy - napkins (2)an-inspired graphic on plates, mugs and coasters.

They’ve also just introduced a collection of wood bowls and bamboo plates with colorful, textured linens… befitting the trend to woodsier looks without completely giving up color.



 If you’re in Manhattan, it’s a fun place to visit for a little inspiration… or a dinnerware overhaul! Or check out their web site at


It seems the days of owning one set of good china for life… may be coming to an end.

New patterns for tableware are coming out at a faster rate than ever before…. partly to entice us to spend money in a tough economy… partly because more of us getting a little more eclectic when it comes to our dining tables… partly because dining is less formal and fancy china just isn’t used (or even bought) as much anymore. 

Tableware companies are showing a bigger variety of patterns and colors in 2009  introductions than they ever have, so there’s a lot to choose from. (But patterns have shorter life cycles today so you may not be able to add pieces in the future.)

Here are a few 2009 kitchen trends and what you can do to give your kitchen, table… or both, a facelift.

1. Mix new tableware with your current china. If you’ve got solid colored china, add serving dishes, chargers, bowls or luncheon plates in a coordinating pattern. Or layer solid-colored luncheon plates or bowls plates on top of your existing patterned china.

2. Look for kitchen counter accessories that pack a punch. Canisters, colanders, spoon rests in a bright color, or slick stainless steel can add color, polish and practicality.

3. Add more color. Tableware has never been more colorful than it is today. Even adding a colored serving dish or a set of bowls can lift our spirits and add life to an old set of dishes.

miele-001Not only are we cooking more at home these days, we’re enjoying it too. And that’s good news, considering less of us have extra money to eat out!

In response, there are plenty of new kitchen appliance trends out there… reflecting our desire for better, bigger, faster and healthier ways to prepare food. If you’re eager to sort out lasting trends from passing fancies, here are the trends you’re wise to weigh into your next kitchen alteration, according to appliance specialist, Barbara Barton.

1. Stainless steel appliances. No, it’s not going away anytime soon. Despite our concerns about fingerprinting, we love the sophisticated, restaurant-quality look of this sleek material. It’s today’s new ‘neutral’ color and considered even more versatile than even white appliances.

2. Drawers. Used for everything from warming and diswashing to microwaving and refrigeration, kitchen drawers are easier on the back, safer and more convenient than below-counter cabinets that require bending down and searching into the deep, dark abyss of hard-to reach corners. 

3. French door refrigerators. These are the two-door variety that resemble a walk-in closet. They’ve got plenty of capacity and are perceived as restaurant-quality.

4. Wine coolers. Wine sales are still strong and the U.S. consumer is quickly become the top consumer of wine internationally. With that, wine coolers are being a standard in many homes, whether integrated into kitchen or dining room buffets, or free-standing.

5. Speed cooking. We may have less time, but we don’t want to give up quality food preparation, making microwave, convection and air-assisted technology popular new features.

6. New hood designs. A great way to differentiate your kitchen design or integrate a little European design… unusual, unexpected and custom hood designs are growing in both range and popularity.

7. Outdoor kitchens. More time at home means more time outside, and grills, refrigerators, warming drawers, beverage and bar set-ups are on the increase. Outdoor kitchen appliances are still a luxury trend but  more value options are appearing on the market.

Source: Qualified Remodeler (Mar ’09). Photo: Warming drawers from Miele.